Michael Schumacher is optimistic that Mercedes will show stronger form in the Italian Grand Prix after an encouraging Friday practice performance. The seven-time Formula 1 champion was quickest in the morning session.
"We were able to do good work with the car all day long," said Schumacher. "It looks reasonably promising considering the last two races."
Mercedes has not had a podium finish since Schumacher's third place in Valencia in June, but the German thinks the car is well suited to Monza.
"The package we have developed for here seems to be more in harmony with the track so we can hope for a better position," he said.
Although Schumacher had some DRS problems in afternoon practice, when he was 10th fastest, he didn't think this held him back. "It does help the speed and make you go quicker in lap time, but we focused on long runs," he said.
Schumacher added: "[DRS is] not important today. The main focus was on the long runs. They were reasonably good. Straight away the car felt good in my hands and I felt confident."